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>> eight plus years since 9/11 and the invasion of afghanistan, the landscape has changed. then the very idea of an american taliban shocked this country. not any more. thanks for watching. breaking news, a mystery in cuba, an american worker held by castro's government. tonight the u.s. government wants answers fast. cnn uncovers a bombshell after a closed door meeting by democrats on health care reform. the white house is scrambling to fix it. forget smoking pot, what about growing it legally right here in the u.s. this is a real life episode of weeds, a mom helping her young son grow his business. and mary j. blige drops by for a visit. why she has an important date with the president and first lady. good evening, everyone. we start with a story that could become a huge foreign policy problem for the obama
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administration, it's been unfolding for the last week. a u.s. citizen, a government contractor is being detained in cuba. what's not clear tonight is what the alleged offense is. u.s. diplomats in cuba are trying to get to the bottom of it, trying to meet with the unnamed detainee, and an official for the company's worker says he was in cuba under contract with the usaid. phillip brenner is a professor in international relations at american university and an expert in u.s. cuban relations and an author of "reinventing the revolution." what does this mean for the administration, especially since the president has opened up travel and is trying to improve relations. >> he's opened up travel only for cuban americans, there's pending legislation in congress
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to open up travel for all americans, this comes at a time when cuba would like to have that travel. but they're very concerned about u.s. citizens being used by the american government for s subversive purposes. this contract was very explicitly for the purpose of subverting the cuban government. it goes under the guise -- we don't know what kind of contracts they were trying to make. this used to be done by the u.s. embassy so they never arrested anyone. >> what is the administration's next move? >> the next move probably should be to promise to shut down this program. or we have arrested and put in prison for life sentences cubans who have come here from the cuban government to spy on terrorists in the united states. much more serious problems for
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cuba. we could even consider trading those prisoners for this u.s. citizen. the problem is, we have privatized our foreign policy. we make our foreign policy subject to private companies that make money for this and it's really out of our hands. he's not a state department employee, he's an employee of a private company. >> if you let me get in here. the cuban government, are they sending a message here? if so too whom and what is the message? >> if you come to cuba as a tourist, you better not be working for the u.s. government as a spy. >> can you but this in context for us? how often has this happened? >> it has not happened before. previously these kinds of radios were given out by our diplomatic mission there. we have diplomats in cuba, and cuba has been angry about that, but they haven't put anybody in prison before for this. >> as we said, international ramifications especially when it comes to foreign policy. thank you very much, we appreciate it. we're following new developments on a story out of
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pakistan tonight. five young american men on a mission to be martyred. the men are being questioned for their suspected terror links, the muslim students made contact with a taliban recruiter in an effort to join insurgents there. all five were picked up this week. this morning they were shifted to the eastern city of lahore. they are residents of the d.c. suburbs, that's where the leader of their mosque is struggling to come to terms with the allegati allegations. >> we would love for things to go back the way we were. we are a very happy community. i still imagine -- my memory memories -- i want them to come back and pray with us, for things to go back to normal. >> fbi agents have been granted access to the men and officials in the u.s. and pakistan expect
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them to be sent back home. but pakistan could hold them while prosecutors prepare charges. an american member of al qaeda claims the group is not responsible for a string of bombings in pakistan that killed hundreds of adam gudan is offering condolences to the victim's families in a new online video. al qaeda was framed for the attacks. american and pakistani forces are to blame for bombings which killed 500 people since october. there may be dirty water trickling from your tap. drinking water in 45 states and the district of columbia has been contaminated with unregulated chemicals. some of the worst drinking water was found in pensacola, florida, riverside, california, las vegas, nevada, riverside county, california and reno, nevada. cities noted for having the best quality tap water are arlington, texas, providence, rhode island, ft. worth, texas, charleston,
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south carolina and boston, massachusetts. a quick note from the sports world to tell you about, alabama sophomore rung back mark ingram took home the 75th heisman trophy tonight given by new york's downtown athletic club. ingram is the first member of the crimson tide to win college's highest honor. not long before the ceremony, a cnn producer took this video of ingram mingling with fans. ingram and the tide will battle for the national championship on january 7th. some of tiger woods' biggest sponsors standing by him. with him taking a break from golf, they're changing their advertising plans. a new loophole that could cost you big time until cnn reported it. we're waiting to see who will win the mayor's race in houston. the winner could make political history. >> houston is a multiracial,
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multicultural, international city. and i think my election will send a message to the world that this kind of houston is a city that might surprise a lot of folks. >> we're standing by for a possible first from a major u.s. city. it could happen tonight. we'll be reading your comments, we want to know what's on your mind.
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i'm george duran and this is the hunt's crash kitchen tour. what are we making? penne pasta with eggplant, chicken, and tomato. these tomatoes are not my favorite. this, my friends, is what i am bringing to the table. do you trust me? uh... hunt's flashsteams every tomato to keep that backyard garden fresh taste. get your hands out of there now. you're very lucky that it came out this good. isn't it time to take a fresh look at your tomatoes? have put their faith in sun life financial. we should be a household name. and we will be. so you're suggesting that we change our name from florida, the sunshine state, to...? florida -- the sun life state. the posters will be so cool. sooner or later, you'll know our name. sun life financial.
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here's our congressional correspondent brianna keeler. >> if you're a citizen of the united states and get sick, you ought not to be subject to bankruptcy. >> reporter: it's a tough call as the nation's democrats push to overhaul the insurance industry. in november, the house passed a bill that would stop the amount of insurance a person can receive in a year's time. insurance companies may not establish unreasonable annual limits. that one word unreasonable opens up a loophole for insurance companies to cap annual benefits. >> what does unreasonable mean? >> we have no idea, and that is part of the problem. >> reporter: at midday friday, when we talked to the american cancer society's cancer action network. they were up in arms about the change. >> a stage three colon cancer
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case can cost over 200,000 dollars. that's a lot of money. what happens if the annual limit is $100,000? >> reporter: we asked senator tom harkin, the chairman of the senate health committee. what is this going to mean for the colon cancer patient whose bills top $200,000 a year. >> again, one of the compromises we had to make, we do have no lifetime caps. and we put in there no unreasonable annual caps. >> what does that mean? >> that's to be developed by the secretary of health and human services. >> reporter: after this story aired on cnn, the white house and key congressional staffers spoke to the cancer action network and agreed to close this loophole. democrats find themselves in a difficult position of trying to keep health care costs under control.
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we've seen this in smaller u.s. cities, never in houston, texas. it could make history tonight. aniece parker is the candidate for mayor. we are standing by for results and they are very close we're told. heavy rain causing gulf flooding tonight. we're monitoring the storm's path and watching weather across the country. also ahead tonight -- >> it's a cheap investment to be able to grow 63 canibus plants in a market that's been determined by the illicit drug market. >> that young man wants to grow medical marijuana, he wants to do it legally and his mom wants to help him out.
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let's get quickly to the severe weather center. breaking news out of california? >> yes, that's right. we've been warning you all weekend about the station fire concerns p. concerns. we have brand new video, 90 cars have been stuck in the mud from a slide along the angeles crest highway. this is near the alta dina area. officials are working to clear the roadway and get these cars out. about half of them have been removed, no injuries reported, but we're getting word that it might not be until tomorrow before all of those cars get out of there, there are also other rock slides in the area. so we've had multiple slides being reported in and around los angeles, particularly outside of these burn areas.
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this is video from the hollywood hills area. we're going to continue to monitor this situation and bring you more information as it becomes available. the rain has been really heavy, record rain in l.a. today, over half an inch, you get up into those higher elevations, the rain comes down faster, the burn areas, there's no vegetation on there, so you don't have any root systems or trees or bushes to help soak up some of that rainfall, so it all just slides on down. we do think the rain should be coming to an end by late tomorrow. heavy snow across the sierras, we could see up to four feet in the higher elevations before all is said and done, we also have floodings going on across parts of the south. we have pictures we want to show you out of the new orleans area, where there's been flooding here as well. many streets are flooded tonight in louisiana, and they can see many cars were getting stuck in the area. the ramp to i-610 has been closed, trying to get on and off there. many many cars were stalled as
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well. homes were flooded. flash flood warnings in effect for st. bernard and new orleans parish. another 1 to 2 inches of rainfall can be expected. we're expecting the rain to pull out of here by noon tomorrow at the latest. all this rain pushing across the southeast as we speak. be prepared for the rain as it comes on through and impacts your weekend. you can see tomorrow's forecast map. more rain and snow in the west especially early in the day. we'll watch places like washington, d.c., philadelphia, new york city get in on some of this rain. we've had a little freezing rain down around chicago and milwaukee. a very very light coating, but that's all it takes, watch out for hazardous travel tomorrow morning, especially on the bridges and overpasses. overall, cold almost everywhere. >> busy weather night. thank you so much. when it am coulds to gift-giving, who does a better job, president obama or the first lady?
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hear them argue about that one. a possible first for a major u.s. city. why the country is watching what happens tonight in houston, and so are we, and we're hoping to get the winner of the lace to speak with us. i'm congested right now in this area. my nose and right around here. (announcer) want to give afrin a try?
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yeah. it cleared up right away. i can breathe. (announcer) so where would you rate it? 99.9. (announcer) afrin. why suffer?
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or just one brita faucet filter. - ( plinks ) - brita. better for the environment and your wallet. it's a really close race, we're watching the mayoral race in houston, texas. we'll join her in about 45 minutes, make sure you stick around. with the holidays around the corner, who's the better gift giver in your family? the white house? president obama says it's him. the first lady might disagree with that.
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in an oprah winfrey prime time special airing sunday. the first couple teased each other about who's tops at giving gifts. >> is there pressure to give a good gift when you're the president? >> sorry, busy. >> you know -- >> what are you going to get me? you should feel pressure. >> you get some nice stuff. here's the general rule. i give nicer stuff than i get. >> no way, i gave you good gifts last year. >> oh, please. >> you know, it's like -- mother's day and father's day. you can -- >> we're talking about christmas, don't become distracted. >> that principle applies generally. >> you're a good gift giver? >> where did you get this nice little -- >> this was a gift. >> was this anniversary? >> anniversary.
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>> and bo the white house dog isn't left out. he gets a stocking too. i wonder what bo's going to get. the sounds of the season are ringing out in the season's capital. mary j. blige, usher, they're getting ready for the taping of the christmas in washington concert. take a listen to this. how did you get involved with this event? >> christmas in washington, i got involved with this event through management. you know how it goes, they give you the call, and, of course, why wouldn't i want to be here with the president and the first lady and all these wonderful people that are going to be here and sing my favorite christmas song? >> what is your favorite christmas song? >> i have two of them, chestnuts. i think it's chestnuts, and "o, holy night." >> yeah, that's actually "the christmas song." i would ask you to sing, but i
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know you'll probably yell at me if i did that. >> i need to save my voice for tomorrow. >> this is a very very high profile audience, you mentioned the president and first lady. are you nervous about that or does that pump you up to make you perform even better? >> i'm not really nervous about tomorrow, i'm just really excited. i mean, i will be nervous come foam, right now i'm just really really excited. and the fact that i'm here, and very the opportunity to be here will just make all my nerves go away. >> you have a women's center in your hometown of yonkers, it's called the mary j. blige center for women it's through your new foundation called fawn. why do that? >> fawn is the foundation for the advancement of women now. i wanted to come up with the foundation because of the abuse i seen women suffer through when i was a child. my friend and business partner asked me a year ago, what was i
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most passionate about. i said helping save women and their lives, because i've seen them suffer so much. and be beaten and abused and abuse themselves and even their children so much that i just couldn't go to the next part of my journey without saving lives. that's what fawn is about, it's about the encouragement of women. and i didn't get a lot of that when i was a so i just want to let people know i understand what they're going through. i go through it as well. it's about showing everyone that we're all the same, no matter how much money we have, no matter how much money we don't have, we all suffer through the same -- >> we're all the same. >> exactly. >> money doesn't make suffering go away. and i want to ask you this. it's sort of on an unrelated subject. you co-executive produced a soundtrack which is tearing up
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the box office. we heard about tyler perry's mother passing earlier this week. anything you would like to say to tyler perry? >> yeah, i just want to say to my friend tyler perry, we're all praying for you, that you would keep your head up, and we're holding you up tyler the same way you hold us up, when no one else would pay attention to us. we love you, we got your back, and just know god is real and you'll be fine. >> mary j. blige. merry christmas to you, this airs sunday on tnt. they tape it tomorrow, christmas in washington. always a pleasure, and merry christmas mary j. blige. >> thank you, guys. merry christmas to you. >> again, that was mary j. blige. one of the headliners on a christmas in washington, again, it airs next sunday december 20th on our sister network, tnt. tiger takes a time-out from the links. the golf superstar says he wants to focus on his family, will the
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scandalous allegations of the last week allow him to return. sun life financial has never taken government bailout money, yet no one knows our name. ♪ get down tonight that's about to change. so you'll pay for the tour, but i have to change my name? no, you're still kc, but from now on, they will be the sun life band.
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it's funky. sooner or later, you'll know our name. sun life financial.
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we want to update the top stories right now. the u.s. state department is trying to figure out why one of
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its employees has been detained in cuba. the man was detained december 5th, but it's only just now come to light. he was in cuba under a government contract. he was distributing cell phones and laptops. it was the closest vote ever, and mark ingram came out on top. he's the winner tonight of the 75th heisman trophy the award given annually to the best player in college football. he edged stanford running back toby gerhart by just 28 points. ingram is the first ever player to win the heisman. vote counting is underway in houston's hotly contested mayoral race. annise parker hopes to become the first openly gay mayor. she has a slim lead over gene lott. annise parker joins me by phone from houston where the votes are being counted as we speak. hello to you, how are you feeling tonight? >> i'm feeling great tonight.
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the early returns showed me with a very slim lead, but that's the most conservative part of the electora electorate, and i should be increasing that margin through the evening. >> the fourth largest city, you could become the first openly gay mayor to serve. what does that mean to you, and more importantly, what does it mean to other people around the country especially gays and lesbians? >> well, i am running because i want to be mayor of houston, and i absolutely believe i'm the best qualified candidate to be mayor of houston. it's a significant event and i understand that i am a role model for many people. but tomorrow morning i'm going to be getting up and starting my transition to mayor. >> if this happens, you represent all the people, not just gays and lesbians, that's what your thoughts are. in all honestly, it's been a
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very contentious election, and there have been some things -- let me read this, a couple clippings from news articles here. gene lott would become the city's second black mayor if ele elected. but it talked about your homosexual behavior in ads, really attacking you for being gay, anti-gay rhetoric. how do you respond to that? >> there's a certain segment of houston, there's a certain segment of society that has problems with the issues around sexual orientation. but the citizens of houston have elected me six consecutive times to public office. they know me, they trust me. i think it's a small and shrinking minority of houstonians who have that add tud, and i look forward to it as
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being mayor of all of houston do you think that should be a wakeup call or a message to the people who may have spread some of that anti-gay rhetoric? >> i don't think they're list thing to messages, at least not those kind. and i think that that kind of behavior on their part will only continue. what the message should be is that houston is a diverse international open modern city and my election means that houstonians can focus more on who they are and what they do. >> i'm not sure if you're at your headquarters, but we're looking at live pictures from khou, we want to tell our viewers you are the city's controller and she's running up against gene locke who would have been the second african-american mayor of houston and she would be the
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first openly gay mayor. let us know what happens. >> i will. thank you. we want to talk about tiger woods and his sponsors. what's going to happen now. some of them are taking a second look. are they distancing themselves from the golf phenom? we'll talk about it. but you can take home that dentist smooth clean feeling with oral-b rechargeable brushes. dentist inspired cupping action sweeps away up to twice as much plaque as a regular manual brush. oral-b rechargeable brushes. starting at $22. announcer: you could buy 300 bottles of water. or just one brita filter. ( drop plinks ) brita-- better for the environment and your wallet. so we did a nationwide on your side review. turns out it was more valuable than he thought. we got him the coverage he needed. it was a good thing we did 'cause a week later his house burned down.
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(laughter) one of tiger woods' major sponsors says he's being phased out of their advertising to support his goal of privacy as he works on his personal life. woods has announced he's taking an indefinite leave from golf to try to rescue his marriage. for the first time, he's acknowledged infidelity. the decision does not mean it's
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servering ties with woods all together. but the company declined to say when those ties would be renewed. our randy kay has more on woods trouble. >> reporter: it wasn't exactly sudden death, but tiger woods seems to have lost this round. his troubles began the day after thanksgiving with, a mysterious one-car crash at 2:30 in the morning. he hit a tree and a fire hydrant. his wife used a golf club to free him from his badly mangled suv. a neighbor called 911. >> can you tell if he's breathe something. >> no, i can't tell right now. >> all right, we do have help on the waif. what color is his car? >> it's a black escalade. >> reporter: tiger seemed to think silence would make the story go away. it doesn't work. he released a statement apologizing for transgressions. never mentioning the word affair. that statement was released the same day this cover story hit
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newsstands. in it, a las vegas cocktail waitress alleged a nearly three-year affair with the golfer. she told the magazine they met at a nightclub when woods tapped her on the shoulder. and he recently left her a voice mail warning her that his wife may be calling. >> hey, it's tiger. i need to you do me a huge favor. can you please take your name off your phone? my wife went through my phone and may be calling you. >> reporter: it didn't end there. more women came forward. cocktail waitresses, a lingerie model even former porn stars. all alleging to have had a relationship with tiger woods. the golfer stayed silent until friday night, when he admitted his infidelities in a statement. earlier this year, woods hit will billion dollar mark, earning an unprecedented amount of money in his career, including endorsements,
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appearances and relationships with companies like nike. sports illustrated reported woods earned $105 million from sponsorship deals in 2008. through it all, woods' major sponsors have stood by him. nike supports tiger and his family, our relationship remains unchanged. gatorade offered its support in a statement too. tiger and his family have our support as they work through this private matter. commercials featuring tiger woods disappeared from prime time tv. the last one that aired was a gillette ad on november 29th. on late night tv, his personal pain became a parody. >> earlier today i had an unfortunate incident with my golf clubs. i was putting them away in the closet and one of them dropped on top of me. >> reporter: it may all have become too much. what else would drive the
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world's greatest golfer away from the game and the glory he's enjoyed for so many years? randy kay, cnn new york. >> i'm joined now by rick harrow in west palm beach florida. i guess anything is possible, can he repair it, though? >> anything is possible, but you have to remember, this guy went from being the most recognizable and accepted athlete on the face of the planet a couple weeks ago, to statements that say infidelity, profoundly sorry, asked for forgiveness, disappointment. that's huge rhetoric from a guy that talked about transgressions a few weeks ago. $93 million, every year. he's got a lot at stake, he has a lot of good will. but ea doesn't say anything, at&t, not sure what we want to do. gillette says we're not sure what we want to do, but we're not going to do it now. >> for those of us -- you have gray hair, i don't.
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>> oh -- >> people were asking, why is this such a big story? why are we covering it? we were trying to explain the ramifications, now it's coming to fruition. when you look at it, let's look at it here, nike, these are some of his sponsorships, nike, at&t, tag heur. ea, on and on. we're talking a heck of a lot of money that's on the line here. i don't know if you can answer this. i probably should get an attorney to answer this. i think it's a good question. if he is, everyone says these contracts are iron clad, of course, they have the morals clause, or whatever, but tiger has these contracts and endorsements because of how well he plays golf. if he's no longer playing golf. do these sponsors have to continue with these contracts? >> let me put my attorney hat on and answer it the best i can. to tell you that the morals
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clauses are written to allow the corporation to have a good bit of discretion and they can enforce them. $12 million from corporate america to athletes, athletes get sick, they get injured, they do an o.j. simpson, whatever that means, a michael phelps. the contracts today from a legal perspective are smaller, shorter and easier to terminate. >> okay, so the pga is sticking by him, right? i guess they realize that when -- i'm sure he will return -- tiger returns the ratings will be through the roof. at least initially, people are going to be interested in what he has to say. so does he still have the same clout with the pga, and does he have the earning potential that he once had? it could be -- this could actually work out for him even better, who knows? >> if you make a billion dollars, maybe the next billion isn't as important, he's only 33 years old, he has 10, 15, 20
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years to beat jack nicklaus, he has a lot of golf courses to design, a lot of endorsements to do. the pga tour, 50% reduction in earnings and viewership when he's not on. three times as much prize money since he's been there. and a 7,000% increase in pga tour millionaires. >> that was sports business analyst, rick horrow, he also says a key thing to look for in the coming days is how the fans will react to all of this. bringing christmas to the men and women serving our country who can't make it home. what can you do to help make it happen. i have been congested for the last 10 days and it is so frustrating. (announcer) do you want to give afrin a try? ok. i can breathe through my nose immediately. afrin has made me happy.
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is that a silly statement? (announcer) afrin. why suffer? i'm george duran and this is the hunt's crash kitchen tour. what are we making? penne pasta with eggplant, chicken, and tomato. these tomatoes are not my favorite. this, my friends, is what i am bringing to the table. do you trust me? uh... hunt's flashsteams every tomato to keep that backyard garden fresh taste. get your hands out of there now. you're very lucky that it came out this good. isn't it time to take a fresh look
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at your tomatoes? have put their faith in sun life financial. we should be a household name. and we will be. so you're suggesting that we change our name from florida, the sunshine state, to...? florida -- the sun life state. the posters will be so cool. sooner or later, you'll know our name. sun life financial.
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time now to talk about what matters, for christmas trees, for american soldiers. free christmas trees for american soldiers. it's all in the spirit of sprucing up the holiday for our military families. the trees for troops program plans to give out 16,000 trees this year at home and abroad. i spoke earlier with terry montrose a tree recipient and jerry liverdidis, he's the co-owner of big john's christmas trees. he's helping donate trees to the troops. >> we donated trees that will be picked up by a fedex trailer and they are distributed to the
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bases. >> you think we would get to distribute them to fort benning or some place in georgia, my understanding is they went to fort mcbill in tampa. >> you don't see the reaction? >> we get to see at the end of the season, we get to see the video, but not the one on one. >> what do you think when you see that? it's got to make you feel good? >> it does. it's overwhelming to see how happy they are to get that 37. >> what does your tree look like? >> i don't have pictures with me here, it's probably 5 to 6 feet tall, maybe 7 feet tall. it's a beautiful tree. it really is. i expected something a little less, it's a first class tree. >> it is. would you have bought a tree anyway? >> maybe, probably so. i really like the live trees. we have a classic tree that we ship with us from base to base, a little more portable. i like the live trees. >> and what are the reactions, what was your reaction when
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someone brought it here? did you know they were going to bring it? >> i heard a few weeks ago that someone was going to bring trees to mcbill air force base to give them away. >> and then you get a tree? >> yes. >> amazing. >> absolutely. >> does it cost you? do you even -- are you even concerned about that, when you're talking about our men and women that are protecting us? >> cost is not an issue, there are some of our suppliers on board that are helping us too. just the community. in a tight economy, it's still good to see some people who want to send the trees to the troops. >> i already know we're going to get lots of reaction from viewers, do you know how they can help if they want to become
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part of this program. >> they have a website, and we can check them out ah, enright now the program is over, but they can still contribute to the christmas spirit foundation, and i think they can make sure that whatever they send can get sent there. >> i'll give you the last word, since you are a sergeant in the military. tell our viewers what this means to military families especially this time of year, to have someone, to have the nation really thinking about them. >> i really think, i'm lucky to have my family with me this christmas. i really think the families that received the trees, they have a loved one deployed, it can't replace the loved one, but it lets them know someone's out there thinking about them and carrying about them. i think that's a big deal. >> if you want to help make a brighter, greener holiday for the troops, can you. go to christmasspiritfoundation.org. it's online, and you'll find all the information you need, christmas spirit foundation.org. home grown pot, and it's
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perfectly legal. a colorado woman is hipping her son grow and sell marijuana. we'll take a trip to their farm. a new customer wanted to insure his home so we did a nationwide on your side review. turns out it was more valuable than he thought. we got him the coverage he needed. it was a good thing we did 'cause a week later his house burned down. being proactive meant a family home could see generations to come. i am carlton ballard and i am on your side. switch to nationwide insurance now.
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this country definitely needs to focus on other ways to get energy. we should be looking closer to home. we have oil on our shores. natural gas can be a part of the solution. i think we need to work on wind resources. they ought to be carefully mapping every conceivable alternative. there is an endless opportunity right here.
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the family business, gone to pot. a colorado mom used to flush her son's marijuana down the toilet. now she's helping him grow and sell it. tim spellman takes us inside their booming business. >> this is your little marijuana farm? >> yes, this is our marijuana warm. greenhouse one, greenhouse two. >> i had an innovative hair salon for 17 years. i sold my salon and moved down to the country. >> we started in july, which was really late. we didn't even get this property until june. >> i gave jason some money after
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i sold the salon. i trusted him to do what he thought was best, to invest the money and help us get ahead financially. one day i was staying with him and he said he was going to open a dispensary. i said go for it. >> the growers deal with a lot of the poundage, which is where the dollars are. >> he called me one day and said i think we should buy this land. how do you feel about growing medical marijuana? it was a faith thing. >> reporter: during the growing season your mom lived in this camper? >> yes, she lived in here by herself, with no real heat or water in this camper. >> it was an adventure that i'd never thought about experiencing. when we finished it was like, an outward bound course for me. living off the grid. roughing. >> we have two ounces per plant.
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total off of 62 greenhouse plants, we got 13 pounds. it's a really cheap investment to be able to legally grow 63 cannabis plants. >> it was fun every morning, i would go out every morning and talk to my girls, pray for them to provide good medicine for those who need it. growing up, i used to bust him all the time, flush it down the toilet or stash it. i really do feel like we're pioneers bringing new life to medical marijuana. and it's exciting. >> did you see that? it looked like a little christmas tree. it's huge. that piece -- adam sandler did it, so did the author of the dreidel song, but this musical matchup is something else. ♪ eight days of hanukkah
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♪ come let's celebrate ♪ come let's celebrate tonight >> warren hatch gets in on this, he takes to the floor with his hanukkah song, and we're tuning into it.
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when it comes to holiday songs, we have christmas carols ga lowell and we love them. this year there's at least one new song thanks to orrin hatch. jessica yellin shows us, the lawmaker is in harmony with the jewish festival of lights. >> reporter: move over dreidel, dreidel, dreidel. here comes orrin hatch.
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♪ come and celebrate tonight >> reporter: it's a newh hanukkh song written by the senior center from utah. he's mormon but always felt close to the jewish community. >> we love the jewish people. we reveer what they've been through. we suffered with them. >> reporter: how did this happen? ♪ let's celebrate tonight >> reporter: the conservative republican likes to write spirituals and love songs. when a jewish reporter suggested he try his hand at this, he decided to tell the story of hanukkah. >> this is a manure rah they filled with oil, they didn't have enough oil to keep it going. one day's worth of oil stretched for eight days. ♪ what a miracle to last eight days ♪
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>> reporter: others have tried their hand at hanukkah songs. ♪ dreidel dreidel >> reporter: and, of course, there's adam sandler. ♪ put on your yamika, it's time for hanukkah ♪ >> reporter: but the senator's tune is winning reaves from his peers. >> having a mormon member of the united states senate add to the hanukkah song collection is certainly right up there with the unexpected. >> well, i've had people say they just love it. i've been stopped as i walk-through the halls. ♪ >> reporter: he can think of two jewish singers who he'd like to perform the song. >> i wouldn't mind madonna singing it. she's a convert to skbru dayism. >> reporter: and barbra streisand. >> she has the most beautiful
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clear voice i've heard. she probably hates my guts because i'm a conservative republican. >> i thought to say my favorite, adam sandler. jay tosca says i will never understand the fear some people have against pot. the foundation seems great, i will definitely be contributing, talking about the christmas tree for our soldiers. portland is openly gay, a mayor adams -- sam adams openly gay, we're a major city respectfully, do your homework, sir. we know you're in the 20s, houston is number 4. great, big, city. gay, gay, gay. how much can we hear about it. maybe i am too old. when can we get over this crap? appreciate that. lady kayaker

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